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Wetlands Hydration

An engineer refuels with the coconut juice from a tree around him in Pantanal in Brazil. The group is part of a partnership working to conduct engineering and water sanitation workshops in the largest wetland in Brazil.

Recent Michigan Engineering graduate Gregory Ewing drinks coconut juice directly from a coconut he just shook down from a tree at the student run Pantanal Center for Education and Research in Pantanal in Brazil, some of the largest marshes in the world. The U-M based student organization Pantanal Partnership conducts a series of basic engineering and water sanitation workshops at the schools in the towns in and around Pantanal, the largest wetlands in the word.  University of Michigan students teach pupils from Pantanal area schools the importance of clean drinking water and together they build sand-based water filters. The UM students also build wind turbines and biodigesters out of local materials in Pantanal.

Photo by Marcin Szczepanski/Multimedia Director and Senior Producer, University of Michigan, College of Engineering